The Washington Wizards will host the Phoenix Suns on Monday. Last season these two teams split the season series, with the road team taking each game. Washington won 140-132 as a 6.5-point dog on November 27, and Phoenix won 125-112 as a 7.5-point favorite on July 31, 2020.
Suns tied for the best record in the NBA
The Phoenix Suns finished the 2019-20 season with a 34-39 record but ended the year on an eight-game winning streak. Phoenix has picked up this season strong with a 7-3 start, which is the best in the NBA tied with the Lakers, 76ers, and Celtics.Devin Booker leads the Suns with 22 ppg, followed by Mikal Bridges with 15.2 ppg. The Suns made a blockbuster move in the offseason, trading Ricky Rubio and Kelly Oubre to acquireChris Paul from Oklahoma City. Paul is averaging 13.2 ppg this season and leading the team with 8.5 assists. Deandre Ayton averages 12.9 points and a team-best 11.7 rebounds.
The Suns defeated the Indiana Pacers 125-117 on Saturday night as a three-point underdog. Mikal Bridges led the team with 34 points, and Devin Booker followed with 25 points.
Wizards cover without Beal and Westbrook
The Washington Wizards are 2-8, which gives them the worst winning percentage in the NBA. On Saturday, the Wizards dropped their third straight game with a 128-124 loss to Miami as a 10.5 point dog. The Wizards managed to cover the spread in the game without both of their star players Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook. Beal is currently questionable following the NBA’s health and safety protocols, and Westbrook is also questionable with quad soreness.
Beal is averaging 35 ppg on the season and shooting 38.6% from three-point range. Russell Westbrook has averaged 19.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 11.3 assists in seven games this season. Thomas Bryant is third on the team averaging 14.3 ppg and second with 6.1 rebounds. Bryant left the last game with a left knee injury, and is out for the season with a torn ACL.